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Relay for Life begins Friday night
Fundraiser held at fairgrounds
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Survivors lead the way during last years Relay for Life at the Cumming Fairgrounds. This years event runs from 6 tonight to 6 a.m. Saturday. - photo by File photo

If you’re going

• What: 2012 Forsyth County Relay for Life

• When: 6 tonight-6 a.m. Saturday; gates open at 5:30 p.m.

• Where: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road

• Sign-ups for the CPS-3 will be between 6 and 10 p.m.

• For more information, visit www.forsythrelayforlife.org.

Forsyth County residents are invited to spend the night walking to help find a cure for cancer.

Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society’s programs and research, will begin at 6 tonight at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

Amanda Ryan, one of the organizers, said about 80 teams have registered.

“I think we should have around 1,200 team members,” she said. “And of the course relay is open to the public, so we’ll probably have around 3,000 people in total.”

Teams work together to walk throughout the night until the event ends at 6 a.m.

Besides the walk itself, there will be a number of family-friendly activities, as well as special ceremonies to honor cancer survivors and those who lost their battles to the disease.

This year, participants are also asked to register for the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3, or CPS-3.

The CPS-3 will be the third long-term study conducted by American Cancer Society to help discover causes and preventions of cancer.

Ryan said the first CPS found a link between smoking and cancer, while the second discovered ties to obesity.

“The CPS-3 will focus on lifestyle choices,” Ryan said. “Locally, we’re hoping sign up around 200 people for the study.”

CPS-3 will follow participants, who must be between the ages of 30 and 65 with no history of cancer, for several years through the use of questionnaires.

“We’ve had people who participated in the last survey, who said they were just sent a questionnaire every year or so,” she said. “They take about five to 10 minutes to complete, so it’s no big deal.”

Those who sign up tonight, she said, will fill out a questionnaire, have their body measurements taken and a technician will draw a small sample of their blood.

They will then be mailed questionnaires about every two years for a 20-year period.

Ryan said she hopes many will come out to help meet this year’s relay goal of $265,000.

“Personally, I’ve not lost a family member to cancer,” she said. “I have had many friends and co-workers battle it, but I’ve not had to go through that in my own home.

“I [take part in] relay because I’m very grateful for that and want to keep it that way.”